The blood You spilt / Removes my guilt,
The body that You give me is salvation
Our Lord to heaven now ascends; Captivity is captured!
The incarnation is not the conversion of the divine into flesh. No, the incarnation is the assumption of humanity into God. God is now the Man Jesus Christ.
“A little while,” my Jesus said, / “And I will take thee to me. / As I for thee my blood have shed, / So do I love thee truly.
This sacrament will give us / Abundant joy and peace / Till angels will receive us / In Heaven’s Holy Place.
But this little hymn book, tucked on a bottom shelf between two wealthy and respected men whom nobody remembers—this little hymn book changed the world, and the Church continues to sing hymns from it to this day.
All that in this sad world has chained me / Is Yours to cast into the sea; / The pardon that Your blood has gained me / From Pharaoh’s bondage sets me free
He answers in his hymn that the world is nothing, with all its vaunted pleasure. That’s faith in the Lord Jesus singing out.